Posts in category "Arts and Culture"

Baladino: Sharing ancient sounds of Ladino music with people in Chicago and the Midwest

This weekend, my older son accomplished a major feat – he finished his homework for Tuesday a whole day early. What brought on this desire to complete it ahead of schedule? The opportunity to see Baladino, a Mediterranean folk band, last night right here in our hometown of Chicago. And, I was beyond thrilled for... Read more »

It’s a small music world after all: Similar songs take top spots on Spotify's country-specific "top lists"

I’ve become one of those people whose music, books and movies all reside on my smartphone and tablet. I can’t help it. I enjoy having all of my cultural, artistic and creative outlets with me at all times - at home or on the road. For music, I tend to “swipe” on over to the Spotify app... Read more »

Four reasons families should see Redmoon Theater's Winter Pageant this weekend

In a season when holiday shows abound, it can be challenging to pick out the top must-see performances for your family to squeeze into your busy schedules. To help make it easier for you, I’m going to put it out there and recommend the Redmoon Theater’s 2013 Winter Pageant. And, encourage you to go see it... Read more »

Photos: Chicago-Inspired Art at Renegade Craft Fair

I've always been enamored with these Cartografika prints. They make any map look like a work of art!
My husband and I love going to Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair at the end of each summer. Coming at the start of September (this year on September 7 and 8), the annual DIY artisan festival helps us mentally bridge the gap between summer and fall. And, it entices us with blocks and blocks of unique, whimsical and... Read more »

Why I love the Spice Girls - and I'm not ashamed to admit it

I love the Spice Girls, the British pop girl group made up of five women: Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger). And, I’m proud to say that was the case well before their 2007-2008 reunion tour. I have all of their albums – and most... Read more »

Top 10 Things to Do with Your Family in Chicago this Summer

It felt like it took forever to summer to finally come to Chicago. And, now that it has, I feel like it’s already starting to slip away. Hot, summer days are a rarity in the Windy City, so I’m focused on making the most of our evenings, weekends and free moments to be sure we... Read more »

An Afternoon Exploring Chicago's Greektown with Your Family

With the warmer temperatures finally holding steady in Chicago, this is an ideal time for my family to explore even more of the amazing neighborhoods that dot the city’s vibrant landscape. By choosing one new neighborhood at a time, we can set our sights on experiencing new cultures, foods, sights and more – in just... Read more »

Five Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your Family in Chicago

Sunday is May 5th, which is also known as Cinco de Mayo. While most people mark the day with beer, tequila and other celebratory Mexican-inspired beverages, there are actually loads of family-friendly ways to partake in Cinco de Mayo right here in Chicago. But, first, let’s begin with the true significance of Cinco de Mayo.... Read more »

Images from C2E2: Kid-Sized Fantasy and Fun

Welcome to C2E2!
Today I exposed my sons to a whole new world – one of superheroes, fantasy and whimsy. It all took place at C2E2, the famed Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo that took place over three days at Chicago’s McCormick Place. And, it could not have been more fun – especially for the pint-sized set. From... Read more »

Kids Learn About Language and Culture at These Chicago Summer Camps

Now that it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s time to turn our attention to summer. Lucky for all of us Chicagoans who have been chilled to the bone these last few months, the warmer temperatures will be here before you know it. For families, summer means school is out and camp is in... Read more »